Invasive Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses have earned a bad rap as invasive plants. In truth, only some species are problematic, and as usual with invasive plants, whether they’ll be a problem for you largely depends on your gardening region. These articles will help you understand the invasive potential of ornamental grasses, safe bets and more.

How Ornamental Grasses Spread

Clumping, Native Grasses

Understanding “Invasive Plants”

Choosing Alternatives to Invasive Plants

Good online references for checking whether a plant is listed as invasive in your area:

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  1. The PlantRight program was started to address the introduction of invasive plants through the horticultural trade in California. I am one of the individuals working on this project, and we have partnered with the nursery industry and the gardening public to address this issue. To learn about the ornamental plants that are invasive in California, visit website For information about the plants that are invasive in each climate zone of the state, click on the map at the bottom of the page.

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